Find Your Play In Running

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By Frank Greally

Dr George Sheehan is widely regarded as having been the first ‘Running Guru’ and  his writings are still as fresh and inspirational as when he wrote them back in the 1980s. Here’s a sample piece from George , writes Frank Greally.

“I’ve been a distance runner for  almost 30 years, and I’m still trying to explain this self-renewing inner compulsion. The more I run, the more I live a life conditioned  and influenced and fashioned by my running. And the more I run, the more certain I am  that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am.

“Running makes me a child,a child at play. That is the aim of life: to become an adult while remaining a child at heart. Play is the key. When we play, we do things because we want to, without thought of payment.

“Play is something we would do for nothing, something that has meaning but no purpose. When I run I feel that. For that hour a day, I am a child finally doing what I want to do and enjoying it. When I do, I realize what happens to the body is simply a bonus. I must first play an hour a day, then all other things will be added on.”

Great Running Wisdom from the original Running Guru.

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